Are you looking to build a granny flat any time soon? Browse through this granny flat approval guide to learn about the rules you ought to follow when constructing a secondary dwelling beside your house.
Legal Granny Flat Construction
Illegal granny flats are a thing of the past following the NSW Government’s implementation of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) (AHSEPP) in 2009. This policy allows the development of secondary dwellings or granny flats even without council approval. At present, a granny flat is considered an actual dwelling space that can add flexibility and value to your property.
How Long Will It Take to Build a Granny Flat
Because granny flat construction no longer requires council approval, building them takes only about three months. You can draft your plans within two weeks and get a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) through a Private Certifier in 10 days.
While the NSW AHSEPP doesn’t require council granny flat approvals, the overall construction process is still subject to some minimum requisites. If your residential property and your plans conform to the NSW Government’s criteria, you can start construction in no time.
To assess if your property adheres the minimum complying requirements for developing granny flats, click here.
Step-by-Step Process of Granny Flat Approval
If you believe that your residential property doesn’t meet the NSW requirements for CDC, you can reach out to our team at Granny Flat Builders Sydney to assess your property. We can check compliances with the AHSEPP.
After determining that your property is appropriate for granny flat construction, we will talk about the ideas you have for your secondary dwelling. Granny Flat Builders Sydney can provide initial pricing based on your granny flat design options.
Completion of Documents
Once we’ve assessed the property and discussed the ideas, it’s time to complete the following documents:
- Structural engineering plan
- Architectural plan
- Building sustainability index (BASIX) certificate for energy-efficiency rating
- Sydney Water’s sewer approval document
- Homeowners warranty/insurance
Approval of Plans
If you’re happy with all the plans, a Private Certifier will then approve them. This Private Certifier will make sure your plans comply with appropriate building criteria and will:
- Notify your neighbors about the construction
- Visit the site during construction for critical stage inspections
- Pay lodgement charges, Sydney Water’s sewer approval charges, and the final Occupation Certificate (OC)
Securing a Building Contract
Granny Flat Builders Sydney will help you choose the right materials for your granny flat. We will also provide a detailed quotation for the project. When everything is agreed upon, we can then secure a home building contract from the NSW Fair Trading.
Who to Call for Granny Flat Construction
Call us at Granny Flat Builders Sydney if you’re planning to start your granny flat project soon. Our team is dedicated to building top-notch granny flats for all Sydney residents. We take pride in having over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Call us at 1300 830 176 for more details about our company and the services we provide.